365 Days of T-Shirts: Day 9 – Four Big Holes

I’ve always loved haikus and so I thought, why not write one about T-Shirts? Plus, it was something that I could do quickly and easily during my vacation!

T-Shirts are real soft.
Some are fancy, some are not.
All have four big holes.

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Los Angeles Trip Day 2

Day 2 T-Shirt of Choice: American Apparel Black Sleeve Raglan Shirt and The Communist Party by Tom Burns (Threadless)

Our second day in Los Angeles started off with a hearty breakfast. We stopped by Griddle Cafe on Sunset Boulevard, but surprisingly, neither me or Michelle ordered their famous pancakes. We both settled on Eggs! The standard Eggs & Bacon (sausage for her) was all we needed to kick start a long and eventful day.

After breakfast, we drove to Warner Bros. Studio to go on a studio tour. Although there are a couple studio tours to choose from (go figure), we settled on the house that Bugs Bunny built. Some of the most iconic films ever made were shot at Warner Bros. studios. I’m a superhero fan so I was excited about going to Warner Bros., considering that Superman, Spider-Man, and the first three Batman films were shot at the studios that we visited.

First off, Warner Bros. studios is huge. It really is like a self sustaining city. They’ve got everything they need there, including a gas station and makeshift Home Depot. They’ve got medal, plastic and wood shops so that the sets can be constructed as needed. And of course, our tour guide pointed out the famous Warner Bros. water tower – you know, the same water tower that Yakko, Wakko and Dot Warner live in. If you don’t know who Yakko, Wakko and Dot Warner are, then you obviously did not grow up watching the Animaniacs!

The VIP studio tour lasted about 2.5 hours and was definitely a fun and informative experience. We saw a lot of cool stuff from movies and television shows that we both grew up loving. The only thing missing was a celebrity sighting. By the way, at the beginning of the tour they tell you the protocol for what to do if you spot a celebrity during the tour. They say that you can wave and say hello – but no pictures!

After the tour, we stopped for lunch at the closest In-N-Out Burger. I didn’t really expect In-N-Out to be very busy, considering that there are more than one location in the state. Boy, was I wrong! The parking lot was full, the drive thru was full and the inside of the restaurant was full. Once we placed our order, we had to stay vigilant for a table and seat – because there were none since they were all occupied. Eventually we got a table and were able to enjoy what many have called THE best burgers ever. I wasn’t that impressed. I mean seriously, the burgers at the Shake Shack (New York City), Hodad’s (San Diego) and even Teddy’s Bigger Burgers (Hawaii) are better than those at In-N-Out.

The next destination on our itinerary was Grauman’s Chinese Theater. This is the place where a lot of big Hollywood premieres take place and it’s also the place to go if you want to check out the Walk of Fame. We were worried a bit about where to find parking, but thanks to a tip on Yelp, we found out that we could park at the Hollywood & Highland center and get validated parking for just $2. Both the Walk of Fame and Grauman’s Chinese Theater are right outside of this mall. As expected, the area covering the Walk of Fame was littered with tourists and fake superheroes. There was, however, a very convincing Maverick/Tom Cruise look-a-like, complete with full Top Gun attire. My one regret was that I failed to take a photo with Godzilla’s star on the Walk of Fame. It’s all I’ve been thinking about since we left Hollywood & Highland.

After Grauman’s Theater, I made my pilgrimage to the Johnny Cupcakes shoppe on Melrose Avenue. For some reason, Melrose at around 5:30 pm seemed really dead – not a whole lot of people around. When we arrived at Johnny Cupcakes, we were the only ones there, though people did trickle in a bit later. The shop itself is quite small – it seemed even smaller than Johnny’s Boston shoppe on Newbury Street. The first thing that you notice is the awesome themed decor – it really does look like a trendy bake shop. Of course, I ended up picking up a couple of tees, including a mint green store exclusive. I was also stoked to find that they had the Regal Tie in stock (I got the last one).

For dinner, we brought out the inner Andrew Zimmern in us because bizzare foods we did eat! Animal Restaurant is something that both Michelle and I have been looking forward to for some time now. They are known for their unusual menu. They’ve got things like veal brain, marrow bone, chicken liver, and rabbit. In fact, those were the things that we decided to order for dinner. Let me tell you, everything was good and prepared in such a way that nothing tasted too overwhelming for the palate. I thought my gag-reflex would kick into effect as soon as the veal brain entered my mouth – but it didn’t. Everything is surprisingly tasty and delicious. I want to try as many different foods as I can. I want to expand my palate. I want to have an open mind when it comes to food. Eating at Animal proves that I am serious about doing this.

As you can tell, Day 2 has thus far been a long day. And it’s not yet over! To end the night, we headed to the Jon Lovitz Comedy Club at Universal Studios to check out Jay and Silent Bob Get Old starring Kevin Smith and Jason Mewes. I’m a big fan of the various Smodcast podcasts, so I just had to check out this show. Like I told Michelle, the show is mostly a lot of babbling, rambling, and ranting that is laced with a lot of vulgarity and sex. Boy was I not disappointed. In fact, this might have been the greatest Jay and Silent Bob Get Old episode ever considering that Jay, in an effort to help explain the anatomy of a human vagina, pulled out and stretched one of his nut sacks. Needless to say, the show did not disappoint.

365 Days of T-Shirts: Day 8 – Mickey Tees

As you may know, I’m on the road and playing tourist in Los Angeles. So, there’s not much I can do “craft” wise for my 365 Days of T-Shirts. But what I can do is get creative. Having said that, today’s Project365 was inspired by the very popular Mr. Tee by Phil Jones. Today’s leg of my trip involved a visit to the happiest place on Earth: Disneyland. This is what I made with the T-Shirts that I had on hand (by the way, those were the three T-Shirts that I wore during the first thee days of my trip). Enjoy!

Day 8: Mickey Made From Tees

Click photo for a closer view!

All artwork belong to their respective owners.

The T-Shirt 365 project is free of charge, meaning, you can use the materials provided here as many times as you would like. However, I do ask that you DO NOT repost the actual project files on other websites. It would be better if you simply linked back to the particular blog post on my website! It’s good karma for you and it’ll make me super happy to see the linkback!

The goal of the project is to have enough material so that I can make a book encompassing the entire project. If all goes as planned, we’ll have something amazing available in 2012!

Los Angeles Trip Day 1

This is the first of a couple day-by-day updates that I’ll be doing during my trip to Los Angeles. I thought it would be cool to keep you guys up to date on what I’m up to and what tees I’m wearing! If you want to check out the tee that I wore, just click on the orange links.

Day 1 T-Shirt of Choice: Moustardche! by Marcelo Jimenez (Threadless)

The one thing that I love more than T-Shirts is traveling! In my first trip of 2011, both Michelle and I travel 2551 from Honolulu to the movie capital of the world. The flight was relatively short, just 4 hours. We had the red eye, and so we left Honolulu at 10pm and arrived in Lost Angeles at around 5 am. We were both very, very tired. But we had to make the best of the time, since time is of course money!

Our first stop after picking up our rental car was to our hotel to unpack and freshen up! It also gave me a chance to throw on Moustardche! by Marcelo Jimenez. I thought that it was the perfect shirt considering what we were planning to have for lunch (but more on this in a bit). The main reason for the trip was so that Michelle could do some very specific shopping. So after we got her stuff done (which was the first thing that we did), we could start playing tourists and foodies.

Our first taste of Los Angeles was at Wurstküche Restaurant, located in the Arts District of Downtown Los Angeles. Our friend Ade, from Milk & Eggs Co., suggested Wurstküche as THE place to go for hot dogs in LA that isn’t a tourist trap (see Pink’s Hot Dogs). Wurstküche is known for their eclectic collection of sausages. They have rattlesnake, alligator, rabbit, and duck. But don’t worry, they also carry regular sausages as well. But the oridinary dogs are not what we came for. We came for the strange.

Sausage heaven indeed!

I ordered the Duck & Bacon sausage sandwich, while Michelle had the Alligator with Pork & Andouille. My sausage was to die for. Seriously, duck and bacon? How can anything get better than that? I also took a bite of Michelle’s alligator sausage – it had kick and it was good! My mention of Wurstküche would be remiss if I failed to mention their AMAZING belgian fries. These were the best fries ever. So good!

After Wurstküche, we of course had to clean our palate with some desert? Where to go for desert in Los Angeles? How about Sprinkles, the world’s first cupcake bakery. These guys started the cupcake trend. The line to Sprinkles was out the door. We ordered 3 cupcakes: Red Velvet, Banana, and the Black & White. You might remember that during our New York trip, we paid a visit to Butter Lane, as the per the suggestion of our favorite baking buddy, Carlos from Oven Fresh Dreams. I’d have to say that Butter Lane cupcakes dominates those from Sprinkles. Sprinkles cupcakes were very cake-y and dense, whereas the cupcakes at butterlane are a bit more light. Don’t get me wrong, the cupcakes were delicious but I just wish I lived closer to Butter Lane.

As you can see, the Red Velvet supply has been depleted!

OH and since we’re talking Sprinkles, I have to say that we had a crazy time finding this little cupcake bakery! It’ll take some time for me to get used to the LA roads. In getting lost, though, we did find ourselves in Beverly Hills and Rodeo Drive. All I could think about was that scene in Pretty Woman with Vivian Ward  (Julia Roberts) being snubbed in one of the high end boutique shops!

By this time, both I was 100% exhausted. The constant traffic takes a toll and that small car we rented is a bit cramped for my liking, making the driving experience that much more difficult. So we headed back to our hotel for a quick nap before dinner.

As you can tell, we love to eat. Whereas other people spend time shopping, we spend time finding and eating good food. For dinner, we walked 2 blocks to KOI restaurant. Apparently, a lot of celebrities stop by KOI. We didn’t see anyone of note. So KOI serves Japanese-inspired cuisine, so that means, lot’s of trendy sounding sushi rolls. To start, we had the Rock Shrimp Tempura and the Baked Crab Rolls. The crab rolls, I thought, were a bit of a miss. On the other hand, the Rock Shrimp Tempura was very tasty and delicious – I wanted more! As far as entrees, I had a Kobe style filet mignon that was prepared Topan-Yaki styled. I’m not sure why they say Kobe style because if it’s not Kobe beef, it’s not Kobe beef! It’s just beef. Despite this, the filet mignon was excellent. It’s melted in my mouth like butter. It was delectable and cooked perfectly for my tastes (which by the way is rare-medium).For desert we shared the signature KOI sundae. I’ll let the picture of the Sundae speak for itself!

And that was it for our first day! We ended the night a bit early, but hey, it was our first day and we were both so tired. Here’s looking forward to tomorrow’s adventures!

365 Days of T-Shirts: Day 7 – Buy Some Johnny Cupcakes T-Shirts

So today’s project was more like an “activity.” Since I’m in Los Angeles, I thought it was a must to check out the Johnny Cupcakes boutique on Melrose Avenue. Now, I’ve been to Johnny’s Boston shop on the swanky Newbury St. in Boston. This shop seemed a bit bigger than the Boston shop. I picked up a couple of tees that I’ve been wanting to pick up for some time now, including the iconic white and black Crossbones T-Shirt.

If you do decide to stop by Johnny Cupcakes on Melrose Avenue then I would suggest that you also cross the street and check out the Kid Robot and Loyal Army Shops. You’ll find a ton of trendy T-Shirts there as well.

Now, go buy some T-Shirts!

*I’ll also be doing a separate post covering my visit to Johnny Cupcakes in Los Angeles, complete with photos of the shop! Check back for that.

Johnny Cupcakes
7959 Melrose Ave
Los Angeles, California 90048
(323) 653-2253

Day 6: Buy Some Johnny Cupcakes T-Shirts

All artwork belong to their respective owners.

The T-Shirt 365 project is free of charge, meaning, you can use the materials provided here as many times as you would like. However, I do ask that you DO NOT repost the actual project files on other websites. It would be better if you simply linked back to the particular blog post on my website! It’s good karma for you and it’ll make me super happy to see the linkback!

The goal of the project is to have enough material so that I can make a book encompassing the entire project. If all goes as planned, we’ll have something amazing available in 2012!

365 Days of T-Shirts: Day 6 – Project365 Domain

So like I mentioned in the last post, the next couple Project365 posts will be pretty simple and not at all very crafty. This is because I’m on vacation in Los Angeles, having fun, eating as much as I can and trying to hunt down Mr. M. Mouse! So I’ll be doing simple things like photos and other small stuff that I can do on the computer. How was a supposed to pack a pair of scissors on my carry-on luggage?! Today’s project was quite simple to do and I thought would be perfect for those of you following this big project of mine.

Say hello to the new 365 Days of T-Shirts domain! Now, if you just want to check in and see the stuff that I am doing for my 365 Days of T-Shirts project then all you need to do is head on over to 365DaysofTShirts.com and it’ll redirect you back to the Project365 category on this blog and you’ll be presented with just Project365 posts in sequential order!

Bookmark it and visit daily!

All artwork belong to their respective owners.

The T-Shirt 365 project is free of charge, meaning, you can use the materials provided here as many times as you would like. However, I do ask that you DO NOT repost the actual project files on other websites. It would be better if you simply linked back to the particular blog post on my website! It’s good karma for you and it’ll make me super happy to see the linkback!

The goal of the project is to have enough material so that I can make a book encompassing the entire project. If all goes as planned, we’ll have something amazing available in 2012!

Faces of Death 2010: A Collection of Popular Deaths

This T-Shirt by Milton Carter is a bit grim if you think about it, but I am sure that it is all in good fun. Some might even think of Faces of Death 2010 as an homage to some of the celebrities that we looked up to. The T-Shirt features a wide collection of celebrities and pop culture icons who passed away in the 2010.

The T-Shirt features “a collection of recently dead celebrities ranging from cultural lumiaries (Lousie Bourgeois, Dennis Hopper, Alexander McQueen, Lena Horne, J.D. Salinger) to musical greats (Guru, Ronnie James Dio, Alex Chilton, Solomon Burke, Malcolm McLaren) to pop culture icons (Tony Curtis, Corey Haim, Jimmy Dean, Gary Coleman, George Steinbrenner).”

Faces of Death 2010 is available now from Milton Carter’s Etsy site for $20.

The concept of a The Faces of Death T-Shirt originates way back in 1997, when M. Carter published an image of the deceased from the year (1997) in a zine called Gank. The series then continues in 2002 when Carter screen printed a T-shirt featuring 2002 deaths in his kitchen. Following 2002, Carter went on to make versions of Faces of Death for 2009 and 2010.

I actually think these are pretty neat. It is at the very least an interesting way to remember people that we may have admired. Below you’ll find some images from the 1997, 2002, and 2009 versions of Faces of Death.

365 Days of T-Shirts: Day 5 – Categorizing T-Shirts

Hey guys, so I’m just a few hours from catching a plane to Los Angeles. I didn’t have time to do anything incredibly crafty today (and I will most likely not be doing anything time consuming or super crafty for the next few days during my vacation). However, I did do something that pertains to the list of goals that I had set for 2011. That is, I created a list of potential categories and sub-categories for this blog in an attempt for better organization (and to make things easier to find). In any case, I’d love to hear your input. Do you think that the categories work ok? Are there ones that I am missing? Please click the thumbnails for a larger image of the list. And by the way, sorry for the horrible shot. I took this at around 6:30pm and by that time Honolulu was out of sunlight. Enjoy!

Day 5: Categorizing T-Shirts

All artwork belong to their respective owners.

The T-Shirt 365 project is free of charge, meaning, you can use the materials provided here as many times as you would like. However, I do ask that you DO NOT repost the actual project files on other websites. It would be better if you simply linked back to the particular blog post on my website! It’s good karma for you and it’ll make me super happy to see the linkback!

The goal of the project is to have enough material so that I can make a book encompassing the entire project. If all goes as planned, we’ll have something amazing available in 2012!

Homonyms: A Reel Waist of Thyme

I spotted this Homonyms T-Shirt over at Mental Floss (why don’t I subscribed to this magazine?) and thought it was uber witty. I then found the video below on YouTube and  now my view of homonyms will never be the same. I should note that if you’re at work, the video below is somewhat NSFW.

Did you know that there are actually two different types of homonyms? Yep:

A homophone is a word that is pronounced the same as another word but differs in meaning. The words may be spelled the same, such as rose (flower) and rose (past tense of “rise”), or differently, such as carat, caret, and carrot, or to, two, and too.

and

A homograph is a word or a group of words that share the same written form but have different meanings. When spoken, the meanings may be distinguished by different pronunciations (in which case the words are also heteronyms) or they may not (in which case the words are also both homophones and homonyms according to the definition of homonyms as words with the same writing and pronunciation; however, in a looser sense the term “homonym” may be applied to words with the same writing or pronunciation, in which case all homographs are also homonyms).

Anyhow, here’s an interesting venn diagram showing the relationships between homographs (yellow) and related linguistic concepts.

In any case, you can grab the very awesome Homonym T-Shirt from Mental Floss now for $17.97.

365 Days of T-Shirts: Day 4 – Making of Punk Rock Cock Throw Pillow

The great thing about the 365 Days of T-Shirts Project is that I don’t need to do something complicated every day. Today, I post a few photos that I took while the Punk Rock Cock Throw Pillow was being made. Those hands are my mom’s hands. She refused to allow me to video record her doing her thing! Enjoy!

Day 4: Making of Punk Rock Cock Throw Pillow

And of course, you can view the completed Punk Rock Cock Throw Pillow here.

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